Kapi-Mana News : January 10th 2012
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The Whitby resident became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the media. He was the original presenter of pop music show Ready To Roll in 1975 and 1976, and hosted a wide range of television shows in the 1970s and 1980s, including news show Today Tonight, the New Zea- land broadcast of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, several Miss New Zealand com- petitions, and many telethons and game shows. He was TV Personality of the Year in 1977, 1978 and 1979. Mr Gascoigne acted in hundreds of radio and television ads, and in television programmes. He helped establish the inde- pendent radio station Radio Windy in 1973, which he counts among his proudest achievements. After much of the country's television production moved to Auckland in the 1980s, Mr Gascoigne did consulting work and helped establish Wellington's first cable television network in Kapiti. Moving to Auckland to continue his TV career wasn't an option for Mr Gascoigne, who decided Porirua was the best place to bring up his kids: The water, the sunshine, the quality of life -- what better place for children?'' Despite working full-time for Te Papa, the energetic 63-year-old still finds time for his first love, broadcasting -- he regularly reads the news and acts as programme announcer on Radio New Zealand. Cheryl Cameron, MNZM Cheryl Cameron's filmmaking has gained her attention and accolades worldwide, but her last project couldn't have been closer to home. The Paremata producer and director, who has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to film, has just finished a 12-part documentary series on Porirua harbour called Living Waters. The 10-minute films focus on the ecology of the harbour and its place in the lives of local fishers, swimmers and boaties. The series is available to view online and will be distributed to local schools. Ms Cameron has made more than 30 films on a range of topics from science to health and ecology. Her 2000 television documentary Destination Disaster, about the 1986 sinking of the Mikhail Lermontov in the Marlborough Sounds, won best direc- tor and best documentary awards in New Zealand and Australia. She has created two wildlife films for National Geographic, and was honoured for her creative excellence at 2001's United States International Film and Video Festi- val. Porirua's harbour is a subject close to Ms Cameron's heart -- she is a trustee of the Pauatahanui Inlet Community Trust, which helped to fund the Living Waters series. You can watch the films at livingwatersdoco.co.nz Chris Kenny, MNZM A bout of hepatitis cut Chris Kenny's box- ing career short in 1967, but that didn't stop him devoting much of his life to the sport, and he has been honoured with the Order of New Zealand Merit for his services to boxing. Ireland-born Mr Kenny began coaching in Porirua in 1967, the same year illness knocked him back, and is still working with aspiring boxers three times a week at the Porirua Amateur Boxing Club in Titahi Bay. Before he retired he boxed for the British Army and won a gold medal at the Australasian Championships in 1963. As a coach has mentored Rex Redden senior, Steve Renwick, Greg Weenink, Leti Emilio, Danny Hedifen, and his own son, Commonwealth gold-winning heavyweight Michael. Mr Kenny has coached New Zea- land at Oceania, Commonwealth and Olym- pic games, is president of the Wellington and Hutt Valley Boxing Association, and is a life member of Boxing New Zealand. Margaret Armour, QSM Bob Cater, QSM Waitangi Day is much more than just a day off work for tens of thousands of locals thanks to the efforts of Margaret Armour and Bob Cater, who have both received the Queen's Service Medal for their services to the community. The pair are instrumental to the annual staging of Porirua's Festival of the Elements. The festival is a celebration of the Treaty of Waitangi and a showcase for hundreds of local performers, from barber- shop quartets to fashion designers, poets, dancers and artists. It draws crowds of 30,000 and is one of the key Waitangi Day events in the Wellington region. Mr Cater, of Titahi Bay, co-founded the Festival in 1992 and has chaired the festival's organising committee every year. His involvement in the Porirua arts com- munity reaches back to the 1960s, however, when he co-founded the Porirua Com- munity Arts Council which now funds the festival. More recently he co-founded Pataka gallery and museum. Camborne's Ms Armour has been the org- aniser and helped co-ordinate the Festival of the Elements for 10 years. She has been pivotal in growing the festival's reputation and attendance in that time, and has maintained the festival's sponsorship and public support where many similar events have been cancelled due to lack of funding. In 2009 Ms Armour won a Porirua City Council Civic Award for her volunteer com- munity work -- she works with local youth and is active in the Wellington Regional Asthma Society.
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